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e-Skills for e-inclusion
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In order to fight the digital divide the European Commission has proposed a digital agenda whose main objective is the development of a digital single market to lead Europe towards sustainable and inclusive growth. The Digital Agenda for Europe is comprised of 7 pillars that allow meeting the set targets for 2020 and one of them refers to Enhancing digital literacy, skills and inclusion (6th pillar). In this context, increasing attention has been paid to e-inclusion policies at European level, including improving the EU e-skills as the main prerequisite for development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability. However, improving the level of e-skills to reduce digital divide at European level requires a transnational effort. The countries involved in this partnership have different levels of digital economy development and population lack of e-skills. In the same time all the countries are facing same challenges in terms of addressing the needs of vulnerable groups such as: people with disabilities, minorities, migrants, economically disadvantaged people in urban and rural areas. The proposed project partnership intends to offer lifelong learning benefits to vulnerable groups by using innovative training techniques to improve their level of digital inclusion. The project will focus on developing, sharing and transferring innovative digital education practices , enabling organizations to work together in order to developing a digital literacy course to help vulnerable groups to gain basic digital competences. The project methodological approach will bring a new perspective of addressing directly the needs of the adult learners belonging to vulnerable groups by developing a tailored curricula and innovative training course to help them improve their basic digital skills that can ultimately facilitate their social inclusion and raise their employability. In the same time the projects planned interventions will contribute to the development of adult educators’ competences to deal with diversified groups of socially disadvantaged members of the communities, making use of new technologies and teaching outcomes. Last, but not least, the project activities are designed to strengthen cooperation and networking between partner organizations. The project's main objectives are:1. develop and implement innovative inclusive adult education methodologies to enhance basic digital skills of vulnerable groups, including new curricula, courses and accompanying learning materials and tools tailored to adult learners belonging to vulnerable groups2. extend and improve the educators competences to effectively deliver digital literacy courses for vulnerable groups including obtaining British NQF accredited qualification in facilitating learning and development for groups3. develop and implement innovative tools to evaluate learning curve of adult learners belonging to vulnerable groups including the use of digital storytelling techniques4. develop multi-lingual web portal for e-skills educators5. Increased institutional capacity of 4 educational type organizations to provide digital literacy courses to vulnerable groups6. Increase institutional capacity of 2 cultural organization (Librarians) to extend services & provide e-skills training to under served members of their communitiesThe main added value of the project is to increase the institutional capacity of the all partner organizations by developing competences and skills of its staff and its network of trainers to form a community of "e-tutors for e-inclusion", which share competences acquired under a single training plan. This critical mass include over 1000 staff and learners in all partner countries representing the main resource to continue to professionalize learners in all partner organizations. The overall impact of the partnership program is to enhance the institutional capacity of each partner to assimilate and use innovative methods of adult learning by working with Adult Education organizations in different European countries. The project is an open door for future cooperation between all organizations involved. After the implementation of the program designed for our staff and learners, the skills and experience gained will help our organizations to increase capacity to improve basic digital literacy training services and develop training and qualification of national community e-tutors. Also this program will support the development of training modules based on coherent models which quality has been certified in other EU countries.

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